The day before night, I faced a strange problem with my Google Chrome Browser – the Taskbar disappeared. Upon careful observation I came found the culprit – Google Chrome. I opened other applications and they were fine.
- Right click on taskbar, Enable Auto-Hide and then Disable it again.
- If you are on Windows 8, make sure you haven’t opened the Chrome App which always opens in fullscreen. Launch Chrome in Desktop Mode. Many get confused with the two.
- Resetting the Chrome settings: Go to Google Chrome Settings in the browser, Click on Advanced Settings and then on Reset Settings.
- Reboot your system.
- Press F11 key to see if you are not in Windows Full Screen Mode.
- Lock the Taskbar: Right Click Taskbar, Enable Lock Taskbar option.
Unfortunately, none of them worked for me. Tired and not wanting to waste any more time I gave up and got back to my work – using the handy Alt + Tab shortcut key combination to switch between programs which was tiring and very annoying. 🙁
The next morning I tried a few things on my own and that fixed the problem.
Taskbar Disappearance Problem in Google Chrome Fix
I found two ways to fix this problem – 1) Restarting Windows Explorer Service and 2) Configuring Google Chrome Browser to run under Windows Compatibility mode.
I’ll walk you through both one by one. Just FYI, I’m on Windows 8 but you should be able to follow along even if you are on Windows 7 or XP. I have seen some “experts” blame it on Windows 8 on Internet forums but that’s not true. Windows 7 and XP users also face this problem.
Restarting Windows Explorer Service
CAUTION: Save all your open documents or files and close them. Restarting Windows Explorer Service will close all the open Windows and you will lose unsaved changes in your documents or files.
Restarting the Windows Explorer Service fixes the problem. To do this Right Click on Taskbar and click Task Manager. Windows 7, Vista and XP users can press the “famous” Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination to bring up Task Manager
Now click on More Details at the bottom. Windows 7 or XP users should see a Processes Tab on the top, click on that.
This will show you a list of all the running Apps, Processes and Services. Scroll down and look for Windows Explorer. Right click on it and click End Task.
This will kill the windows explorer hence all the open windows will close. Now click on File and click Run New Task. Type explorer and click OK.
This will restart the Windows Explorer service. That’s it!!
Quick Tip: Instead of killing (End Task) and running a new task (the above two steps), you can also simply restart the process by clicking on Restart (See the third screen above).
Run Chrome in Compatibility Mode
If the above solution does not work for you for any reason then you can try configuring Google Chrome to run under Windows compatibility mode. Here is how to do it:
Right click on the Google Chrome icon and click Properties.
On the next Window that pops up, click on the Compatibility tab.
Then tick the Run this program in compatibility mode option and select one of the previous versions of Windows (Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP SP2 etc.).
Now click Apply and then OK to close the window.
This will run your chrome browser in compatibility mode but it will function normally without any problem. Let me know if any of these two methods work.
I haven’t tried on Windows 7, Vista or XP so let me know if you have. And don’t forget to like, comment or share.
A Few Important Reminders
- Always keep your browser software (google chrome) updated.
- Do not install any unknown/suspicious chrome extensions from the internet.
- Do not download or install any unknown/suspicious software from the internet if you are not sure of what you are doing.
- While installing free (and trusted) software, check carefully if it is installing any unwanted software or toolbar along with it during the installation process. Opt out from them.
- Never use online banking or credit/bank detail on public computers or even your friend’s computer. You never what’s installed there.
- If you must use a public computer then open a new Incognito Window in chrome. Use the shortcut key combination Ctrl + Shift + N and it will open a new Incognito Window. Browsing this way will not save any of your activity in its browsing history. In firefox, this feature is called Private Browsing.